Digital Artifact/Site of the Week!

Each week we bring you an archaeological artifact or site that has been recreated digitally in 3D!
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Göbekli Tepe (Turkish for "Potbelly Hill") is an archaeological site in the Anatolia Region of Turkey approximately 12 km (7 mi) NE of the city of Şanlıurfa. The artificial mound has a height of 15 m (50 ft) and is about 300 m (1,000 ft) in diameter. -⛏- During the first phase dating to the 10th–8th millennium BCE, belonging to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A (PPNA), circles of massive 'T'-shaped stone pillars were erected – the world's oldest known megaliths. More than 200 pillars in about 20 circl
the ruins of an ancient city with people walking around
Awwam Temple, Yemen Faces Destruction
The massive Awwam Temple was built by the Sabaean ruler, El Dhir, so that it had no architectural similarities to buildings within the southern region of Arab countries. The temple was dedicated to the worship of deities during the 8th century BC. However, due to the overall lack of funding and support, this site, like many others, is facing destruction. To combat looters and would-be destroyers a local man has stepped up to guard the temple. Referred to as, “The Guardian of The Temple”.
two large stone statues sitting in the middle of a desert area with mountains in the background
The Colossi of Memnon
Since 1350 BCE, The Colossi of Memnon have stood in the Theban Necropolis, located west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. They are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. Two shorter figures are carved into the front throne alongside his legs are his wife Tiye and mother Mutemwiya. The side panels depict the Nile god Hapi. The statues are made from blocks of quartzite sandstone which was transported 410 miles.
a line graph shows the growth and distribution of trees in different parts of the world
Dendrochronology or tree-ring dating, is the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of comparable patterns of tree rings, also known as growth rings. It can be helpful during archaeological analyses as a tool for verifying radiocarbon dating to (re)calibrate radiocarbon ages of artifacts. Photo credit: Alpecole #dendrochronology #scientificterms #treerings #environmentalscience
an ancient stone building with steps leading up to the top and another brick structure in the background
Dholavira is an archaeological site in the state of Gujarat in western India. Also known locally as Kotada timba, the site contains ruins of an ancient Indus Valley Civilization/Harappan city. It is one of the five largest Harappan sites and most prominent archaeological sites in India belonging to the Indus Valley Civilization. The site was thought to be occupied from c.2650 BCE, recent research suggests the beginning of occupation around 3500 BCE and continuing until around 1800 BCE.
an old stone building with many towers
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat ("City/Capital of Temples") is a temple complex in Cambodia and is the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the 12th century. It was built by Khmer King Suryavarman II in the 12th century in Yaśodharapura, capital of the Khmer Empire. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag.
an ancient statue with a man standing in front of it's head and arms
Digital Excitement of the Week: The British Museum's Upcoming Archive of Ephemera & Digital Artifacts of Sir Leonard Woolley's Excavations in Mesopotamia is going to be one of the greatest assets and insights to the history of archaeology: